LAHORE – Five armed dacoits entered the house of former Lahore Commissioner Shahid Rafi, held hostage the family at gunpoint and fled after collecting gold ornaments, LCDs, cell phones, and other valuables on MM Alam Road on Sunday evening.

The armed dacoity triggered panic and fear among the residents, who termed the police department a patronising agency for criminals and desperate gangsters who have no fear of police or any other law-enforcement agency.

As per details, some five dacoits equipped with automatic sophisticated firearms barged their entry into the house located on MM Alam Road and held hostage the entire family on gunpoint. They asked the victim family members to remain calm; otherwise, they would have no choice but to open fire on them.

Subsequently, the family remained mum during which they collected gold ornaments, cash, two LCDs and other valuables. “They looted the house for not less than an hour and easily escaped from the crime scene and it seemed they had no fear of police,” one of the family members told the reporters.

Later, heavy police contingents under the command of SP Model Town reached the spot and cordoned of the area. No suspect was arrested. A case was registered against five culprits, yet to be identified. Further investigation is underway.

FIREWORKS MANUFACTURERS HELD: Following the explosion of fireworks in Multan that claimed six lives, the City Police launched an indiscriminate crackdown against the manufacturers of fireworks and arrested 32 of them on Sunday.

A spokesperson of the Lahore Police (Operations Wing) said following special directives by the Punjab IGP and Lahore DIG, a well-coordinated crackdown was launched against the manufacturers of fireworks.

He said the City police had clamped down in Mochi Gate, Township, Green Town, Hanjerwal, Ghalib Market, Naseerabad, Manawan, Kahna, Nisthar Colony, Badami Bagh, Shadbagh, Misri Shah, Lorry Adda, Baghbanpura, Mughalpura and other areas; and arrested several culprits.

The spokesperson informed that some of the arrested men had been identified as Asghar, Jabbar, Salamat, Sultan, Muzaffar, Khalid, Saleem, Israr, Jawad and Zubair.

The accused men had been booked on criminal charges, he added.